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My First Etsy Sale!

This week has been incredible for me as a brick artist.

I made my first sale on Etsy this week, much faster than I had thought. My initial goal was to make my first sale in the first 3 months, but within the first month I got the order for all three of the Cowboy Bebop vehicles. I’m definitely not complaining. So I packed the order and shipped it to my customer in the US, but i underestimated how much the shipping and box would cost and actually lost money shipping it over! But that’s a good lesson for me to learn.

Then I met my old friend to pass him the Nike Flyknit model he commissioned me to build and he was really happy about it. It was featured on Instagram and then someone from the US bought it from me on my Etsy shop as a preorder. Crazy! Been busy ordering parts and building but this is what drives me and keeps me alive. I love it.

I still had the time to build some MOC’s and update my Instagram account which I am quite active on right now. Do follow me on @aminifigurelife if you want to keep updated on what I’ve been building or up to.

Thanks for reading and keep building!

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MOC Feature: Cowboy Bebop Vehicles

Left to right: Hammerhead, Swordfish and Red Tail.

Left to right: Hammerhead, Swordfish and Red Tail.

It’s been a long time since I’ve started any blog posts, for whatever reason, but I want to start again with the intention to only write about something that I deem worthy of writing about. More quality over quantity.

That said, here is a little post about a Lego MOC I made last year. A micro-scale build of the vehicles from the hit anime series Cowboy Bebop. I love that series and if you appreciate the visual art form, you have to watch this. It unlike any anime before its time and doesn’t seem to follow a script/theme and miss-mashes several ideas into any given episode ranging from martial arts, bounty hunting, space travel, futurism, jazz music, cowboys and pays homage to pop culture icons like Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul Jabbar etc.

Rambling aside, my form of tribute to the show is these three little vehicles and I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. While re-watching the series, I wondered if I could made a small version of Jet Black’s space craft known as the Hammerhead. I sketched it out and I figured the general shape and quickly discovered that I could make it quite nicely. It started from there. Then I wondered if I could make the other two and after much experimentation and buying certain parts from my local store, I made the rest.

 

The Hammerhead, moveable thrusters and harpoon arm

The Hammerhead, moveable thrusters and harpoon arm

Red Tail, movable arms and signature red tip at the back

Red Tail, movable arms and signature red tip at the back

Swordfish, my favourite piece

Swordfish, my favourite piece

I learned that micro-scale building is fun but challenging too, to build something right in a confined size takes more work than you think.

As a mentor told me before, start with a sketch and then work your way around that. There is no right or wrong process here, just do what is natural to you.